Tornadoes blow Lions away with 48-7 win
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 1:00 AM
For one quarter, it appeared that the Raleigh High School Lions might be able to hang with the Philadelphia Tornadoes.
Jacardius Griffin runs around the right end and prepares to elude two Raleigh defenders as he runs into the end zone for a touchdown Friday. The Tornadoes won the game, 48-7.
But that thought was quickly blown away after the first quarter ended. The Tornadoes scored 34 points in the second quarter as they rolled over the Lions 48-7 Friday night in prep football action.
"One of our offensive linemen was sick and we had to make some adjustments," Tornado Coach Teddy Dyess said. "After we got that settled, I thought everything clicked well.
"Our running and passing game was working and defense played a great game. It was another region victory. Now we will be getting ready to play Choctaw Central and improve Philadelphia."
The Tornadoes host Choctaw Central Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The region standings are as follows:
Region 5-3A standings
Philadelphia 7-1 2-0
Choctaw County 7-1 2-0
Forest 5-3 1-1
SE Lauderdale 3-5 1-1
Raleigh 3-5 0-2
Choctaw Central 1-7 0-2
The Tornadoes recovered a fumble late in the first quarter to set up their first touchdown of the night. They took over on their own 44-yard line. Seven plays later, senior quarterback Romon Gray scored on a 10-yard run. John Harold Smith kicked the extra point and Philadelphia led 7-0 with 11:03 left in the first quarter.
Josh Rush intercepted a Raleigh pass on first down and gave his team the ball on Raleigh 10-yard line. One play later, Gray connected with tight end Abe Mars for the touchdown. Smith's kick was true and the Tornadoes led 14-0 with 10:47 left in the second quarter.
Philadelphia held Raleigh to four downs and started another scoring drive on its own 16-yard line. This drive seemed to run out of steam after a couple of incomplete passes. Then Gray ran 27 yards to give his team a first down on the Lions three-yard line. Running back Jacardius Griffin ran it in from there. Smith's kick was true and the Tornadoes led 21-0 with 5:03 left in the first half.
Again Raleigh was four-and-out and the Tornadoes were headed for another score. Philadelphia started in its own territory and drove down to the one-yard line where Griffin again scored on a one-yard run. Smith's kick was good and the Tornadoes led 28-0 with 2:47 left in the second quarter.
Philadelphia forced a turnover to set up its final score of the quarter. Again, Gray found Mars in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown pass play. The extra point try was no good and the Tornadoes led 34-0 at the half.
Raleigh got on the scoreboard when the Lions returned an interception 32 yards for an interception. The extra point was good and the Tornadoes led 34-7 with 8:46 left in the third quarter.
Philadelphia responded with a pair of long Griffin touchdown runs. Two plays after the kickoff, the senior running back bolted for a 42-yard run. Smith's kick was good and Philadelphia led 41-7 with 7:49 left in the third quarter.
Again Raleigh was four-and-out, and again on second down, Griffin was off to the races as he dodged, battled and then outran the Lions' defense for a 71-yard touchdown run. Smith's kick was good with 5:04 left in the third quarter. At that point, Coach Dyess pulled his starters and the game ended with no more points being scored on either side,